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    TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _House Democrats are pretty sure you didn't read the Mueller report. On Wednesday, they're hoping you'll watch the movie. Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s appearance before two House committees promises to be the TV event of the year in the U.S. House, where lawmakers will question him for roughly five hours.. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 820 words, photo, videos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-WHAT TO WATCH _What to look for when Mueller testifies about Russia probe. SENT: 1,020 words, photos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FBI DIRECTOR _ FBI's Wray dodges questions on Mueller report's findings. SENT: 660 words, photos, video; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN _ Ex-Flynn business partner convicted of illegal lobbying. SENT: 500 words, photos.

    BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES _ Boris Johnson, Britain's blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.'s next prime minister, with a resounding mandate from the Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, video. With BRITAIN-BORIS JOHNSON _ Boris Johnson's chaotic path to power finally pays off. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. WITH: BRITAIN-BORIS JOHNSON-5 THINGS _ 5 things you may not know about Boris Johnson. SENT: 660 words, photos. WITH: BRITAIN-ECONOMY _ Johnson's win elevates 'no-deal' Brexit risks to UK economy. SENT: 830 words, photo.

    IMMIGRATION COURTS _ President Trump has quietly reshaped the nation’s immigration court system in just two and a half years in office by appointing nearly 200 judges and favoring military and immigration enforcement lawyers who critics contend are more likely to follow the government’s stringent approach. SENT: 1,125 words, photos. WITH: IMMIGRATION ARREST-BROKEN WINDOW _ A Missouri congressman is questioning why immigration officials broke a car window and pulled a Mexican national out of his car while his girlfriend and their children were in the back seat. SENT: 200 words, developing. WITH: IMMIGRATION-CHILD DETENTION _ The U.S. government's new holding facility for migrant youth will close as early as this week, less than one month after it was opened in response to the squalid conditions. SENT: 400 words, photos.

    TECH-REGULATION _ The U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up of the big tech companies, which have come under intense scrutiny following a series of scandals that compromised users' privacy. SENT: 470 words, photo.

    PUERTO RICO-GOVERNOR _A Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials involved in a crude online chat whose leak has set off a political crisis that threatens to bring down the U.S. territory's governor. One of the search warrants said that government officials used the chat to transmit official and confidential information to private citizens in potential violation of ethics laws. By DÁnica Coto. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

    MED-HEALTH MYSTERY-CUBA _ Advanced brain scans found perplexing differences in U.S. diplomats who say they developed concussion-like symptoms after working in Cuba, a finding that only heightens the mystery of what may have happened to them, a new study says. By AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 690 words, photo.




    DOUSED OFFICERS _ Videos of people dousing New York City police officers with water spark outrage. SENT: 590 words.

    SOLAR SAIL _ A tiny spacecraft orbiting Earth appeared to successfully unfurl a solar sail to test the potential of using only sunlight for propulsion, mission officials said. SENT: 340 words.

    LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA _ Federal judge approves a legal settlement allowing transgender people to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public restrooms. SENT: 760 words.

    BB KING-AUCTION _ B.B. King's 'Lucille' guitar going up for auction. SENT: 240 words, photo.

    R KELLY-SPOKESMAN _ A spokesman for R. Kelly steps down after saying he wouldn't allow his adult daughter to be alone with anyone 'accused of being a pedophile.’ SENT: 140 words.

    MISS AMERICA-RELOCATION _ Miss America pageant leaving Atlantic City for Connecticut. SENT: 590 words, photos.

    FRENCH QUARTER SYRUP SPILL _ Crews spent the night removing syrup from one block of a four-lane street along New Orleans' French Quarter. SENT: 140 words.




    TRUMP LAWSUIT-TAX RETURNS _ President Trump sues the House Ways and Means Committee and New York state officials to prevent his state tax returns from being turned over to the congressional panel. SENT: 580 words, photo.

    CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE _ Two senior senators - a Republican and a Democrat - unveil compromise legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people. SENT: 770 words, photo.

    BUDGET BATTLE-ANALYSIS _ Eight years ago, Washington's power players reluctantly sealed a pact to curtail federal spending and the debt. Now, with help from President Donald Trump, they are writing its epitaph. The budget deal reached this week by Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican leaders represents the last gasp of the 2011 Budget Control Act. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 990 words, photos.

    ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-CRIMINAL JUSTICE _ Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

    TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ President Trump threatens retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country's high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. With TRUMP-IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT _ An immigration enforcement operation that Trump said was part of an effort to deport “millions” of people from the United States resulted in 35 arrests. SENT: 950 words, photos.

    TRUMP-TEENS _President Trump says he can name at least 20 Democrats who, in his opinion, are worse than the “squad” of four Democratic female lawmakers he’s been feuding with. SENT: 540 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-FACT CHECK _ Trump tells young people a number of falsehoods he’s been relating to adults for months. SENT: 700 words, photos.

    PENTAGON CHIEF _President Trump finally has a Senate-confirmed defense secretary. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, wins Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

    SEPT 11-VICTIMS’ FUND _ The Senate gives final legislative approval to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

    FOOD STAMPS _ About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration's proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the program. SENT: 680 words, photos.

    CYBERSECURITY-ENCRYPTION _ Attorney General Bill Barr says increased encryption of data on phones and computers and encrypted messaging apps are putting American security at risk. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.




    HIV CRIMES _Should having sex without disclosing that you are HIV positive be a crime? Some states have recently changed their HIV policies to no longer prosecute people who are on medication that makes it effectively impossible for them to transmit the disease. But many advocates say that's not enough. SENT: 960 words, photos.

    RED SUMMER ANNIVERSARY _ America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago. Hundreds of African American men, women and children were burned alive, shot, lynched or beaten to death by white mobs. Thousands saw their homes and businesses burned to the ground and were driven out, many never to return. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,390 words, photos, video.

    SERVICE ACADAMIES-WOMEN _ The percentage of female students nominated by members of Congress for admission to U.S. service academies has been rising, but men are still put forward nearly three times as often as women, according to an analysis. SENT: 670 words, photos.

    CLERGY ABUSE-WEST VIRGINIA _West Virginia's new Roman Catholic bishop vowed to work toward restoring faith in the diocese after a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. SENT: 740 words, photo.




    VENEZUELA _Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday sought to harness anger over a massive blackout that deepened hardship nationwide, but turnout at a Caracas demonstration was relatively modest as many Venezuelans despair of an imminent solution to their plight. By Scott Smith and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

    CANADA-COUPLE MURDERED _ Two young men thought missing are now suspects in the murders of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as the death of another man in northern British Columbia, Canadian police say. SENT: 440 words, photos.




    MEDIA-VIDEO TAKEDOWNS _ Some of the day's most pointed media criticism lets its victims do the talking. The website Now This has attracted attention with videos that track inconsistences, like one posting Tuesday that contrasts Fox News’ coverage of Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 730 words, photos.




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